10 Biggest RV Industry News Headlines of May 2024

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The month of May had some exciting RV news headlines. From a jump in RV shipments, the return of baby boomer campers, successful expos and grand openings to new 2024 RV models, here’s a summary of the biggest RV business news of May 2024.


RV Industry Outlook News


1. RVIA: Shipments See 9.5% Year-Over-Year Jump in April


In April 2024, RV shipments increased by 9.5% to 34,197 units compared to 31,216 units in April 2023. RVIA president Craig Kirby noted the rising trend over six months, attributing it to budget-conscious consumers preferring RV travel for affordability and memorable experiences.


Towable RVs, predominantly conventional travel trailers, saw a 14.2% increase from last April, reaching 30,682 shipments. In contrast, motorhomes experienced a decline, finishing the month down 19.4% compared to the same period last year, with 3,512 units shipped.


2. Canadian Shipments Up 14.2% Through 1st Quarter of 2O24


The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) reported a 14.2% increase in RV wholesale shipments for Q1 2024. The total is 8,086 units compared to 7,082 in 2023. CRVA officials remain optimistic about 2024, citing successful retail shows, high interest from RV enthusiasts, and stabilizing economic conditions.


3. KOA Annual Camping Report Reveals Boomers are Back


Kampgrounds of America (KOA) president and CEO, Toby O’Rourke has shared the
latest research data from the company’s recent North American Camping & Outdoor Hospitality Report. Here are the key takeaways:

 

  • Baby Boomers (60 to 78-year-olds) made up 26% of campers in 2023, a 19-point increase from 2022.

     

  • Boomers also constitute 22% of new campers.

     

  • Only 16% of campers reported overcrowding in 2023.

     

  • Campground booking windows are shortening. 16% of campers plan shorter booking times, while 33% seek spontaneity.

     

  • Increase in same-day reservations and shoulder season camping up 21% since 2021.

     

  • Road trips and staying in hotels is outpacing camping because travelers feel it’s more convenient.

     

  • 45% of RVers are interested in RV rental delivery.

     

  • There’s a growing interest in off-grid and back-country camping, with 70% of campers wanting to try overlanding.

     

  • Non-traditional camping, such as car camping, is rising.

     

  • Accessibility is crucial, with 40% of camping households having a physically challenged family member.

     

  • There’s a need to adopt technologies like AI, to personalize the camping experience, and to look at electric and autonomous vehicles.

     

  • The camping industry needs to leverage data to position the sector against other travel forms.


In other RV industry news:

 

  • A Winnebago survey shows increasing interest in the outdoors. In 2023, nearly 90% of respondents said they engaged in an outdoor activity like camping, hiking, boating, or visiting a national/state park. That’s up 29% since 2020.

     

  • RV rentals are in demand heading into summer, according to a survey conducted this spring by the RV Rental Association.

     

  • AAA projects that 43.8 million travelers will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday travel period.

     

  • RVshare reveals that 57 percent of Americans crave time outside.


RV Shows and Events

 

4. Overland Expo West was a Resounding Success


Overland Expo West, celebrating 15 years in Flagstaff, Arizona, drew nearly 30,000 attendees, 415 exhibitors, and 119 presenters. The three-day event hosted 318 classes, seminars, and activities. 


The event unites adventurers and industry professionals dedicated to overlanding—a blend of off-road driving, camping, and exploration focused on the journey. More upcoming overlanding events include Overland Expo Pacific Northwest, Overland Expo Mountain Mountain West, and Overland of America.


In other RV event news:

 

  • Alliance RV Rally drew 325 towable RVs and 700+ attendees to Goshen Fairgrounds.

     

  • A record crowd of over 1,350 people attended the 2024 RV Power Breakfast, held at the RVMH Hall of Fame.

     

  • The RV Womens’ Alliance (RVWA) hosted a fun-filled second annual Spring Campout at Twin Mills Campground in Howe.

     

  • The 2024 Elkhart RV Open House is scheduled for September 23-26.

     

  • Registration is open for the annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE). The event will occur in Oklahoma City, OK, from November 4-6.


Latest RV Campground News

 

5. FRVCA Announces 2024 Award Winners for Best RV Parks

 

Four parks received the Best Park Award from the Florida and Alabama RV Park and Campground Association (FRVCA). 

 

  • Small Park Category: Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort in Palmetto (50-150 sites) with amenities like a waterfront pool, private boat ramp, and 375-foot fishing pier.

     

  • Fewer than 50 Sites Category: Turtle Beach Campground in Sarasota (39 sites) offers a free trolley to Siesta Beach and is known for nesting turtles.

     

  • Medium-Size Park Category: Zachary Taylor Waterfront RV Resort in Okeechobee (151-300 sites) with half a mile of Taylor Creek frontage and a lighted fishing pier.

     

  • Large Park Category: The Surf RV Resort in Palmetto (over 301 sites) features a luxurious clubhouse, infinity pool, dog parks, and multiple sports courts.


6. Twin Lakes Camp Resort, FL Wins Award

 

Twin Lakes Camp Resort in DeFuniak Springs was honored with a Best Park Award from the Florida RV Park and Campground Association, which represents 500+ campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts. Twin Lakes is a premier RV and glamping resort with 66 sites, 5 cabin suites, 3 tiny homes, 9 glamping tents, and 2 lake houses.

 

Here are other RV sector news on campgrounds:

 

  • RVshare named Camp Fimfo Texas Hill Country as the best waterfront campground of its Campers’ Choice Awards.

     

  • Camp Landa RV Resort opens in New Braunfels, Texas.

     

  • Wisconsin Jellystone adds 66 cabins, a Wibit floating obstacle course, and AquaBanas.

     

  • El Campo Lost Lagoon RV Resort in Texas won the Park of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) in the large park category.

     

  • The Dyrt has revealed 60 of the best places to camp in the country by region, based on reviews from their platform users. 


RV Business News

 

7. Brinkley RV Opens New Plant for Model Z AIR Travel Trailers


Brinkley RV’s Goshen, Ind.-based campus saw further expansion with the opening of a third production plant on May 2. Plant 3, spanning over 200,000 square feet, is dedicated to the new Model Z AIR travel trailers, joining existing facilities for fifth-wheels and toy haulers. The Model Z AIR line meets consumer demand for high-quality, feature-rich travel trailers.


Here are other RV business news:

 

  • The Moix RV’s Brinkley-exclusive dealership in Conroy, Ark., held a grand opening celebration on May 17-18.

     

  • A massive fire destroyed over a dozen RVs at Mike Thompson’s RV Super Store in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

     

  • Canadian financial service Co-operators has joined forces with KOA to bring RV insurance to Canadians.


Latest Electric RV News 


8. Living Vehicle Introduces All-Electric ‘CyberTrailer’

 

Living Vehicle, a luxury RV specialist based in California, has unveiled the CyberTrailer, inspired by the Cybertruck frenzy. This innovative towable camper offers complete energy independence with its mobile charging station. It features advanced solar panels and backup power systems, enabling off-grid adventures and extended travel without relying on external charging stations.


Here are other eRV news:

 

  • EcoFlow, a leading provider of portable power solutions, introduces the industry-first Alternator Charger. It leverages excess vehicle alternator energy for fast charging on the go. Serving as an 800W alternator charger, jump starter, and battery maintainer, it meets the demand for off-grid energy in the RV, overlanding, and van life communities.

     

  • Electrical vehicle manufacturer Harbinger Motors Inc. announced that it has received 4,000 vehicle pre-orders valued at $400 million from Thor and other companies.


Latest RV Technology and Inventions

 

9. Big Beard Battery to Showcase at Alliance RV’s National Rally

 

Big Beard Battery will showcase its lithium battery technology at the upcoming Alliance National Rally in Elkhart, IN, from May 29-31. As an Alliance RV partner, they aim to provide insights into the latest lithium battery technology. Further, they will offer innovative 12v and 24v lithium batteries with 300 amp hours of storage, heat management, and an RV storage mode.


Here are other industry news on RV products:

 

  • Verlo Mattress has unveiled a line of RV mattresses made of premium materials and customizable to fit any RV model.

     

  • Trim‐Lok, a leading provider of premium extruded plastic and rubber solutions, launched the industry-first hinged screw cap cover.


Updates on the New RV Models 2024


10. More Manufacturers Release New 2024 RVs


These brands showcased new 2024 RV models in May:

 

  • nuCamp RV debuts the TAB 360, a mid-sized teardrop camper offering a well-balanced blend of space and ease of towing.

     

  • 27North unveils the Venture Class B, a rugged campervan on the outside yet luxurious on the inside.

     

  • Tiffin Motorhome launches 2025 Allegro Bay 38 BB, a luxury Super C with one and ½ baths, a king bed, and stainless steel appliances.

     

  • Heartland RV Intros Corterra 3.7 with a loft and two bedrooms.

     

  • The new 2024 Forest River Flagstaff Shamrock 233S is an expandable camper featuring 3 queen beds, a full bath, a complete kitchen, a U-dinette, and a flip-up sofa.

     

  • On related news, the original ‘Airstream Clipper #1’ has been found and restored.


Wrapping Up: 2024 May RV Industry News Roundup


Those are some of the biggest RV news headlines for the month of May. Check our monthly RV news posts to stay up to date with the biggest stories in the recreational vehicle scene.